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UN: Churkin rails against Ukrainian attempt to break MH17 crash site ceasefire - POOL01:47

UN: Churkin rails against Ukrainian attempt to break MH17 crash site ceasefire - POOL

United Nations, New York
August 8, 2014 at 00:02 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russia's Permanent Representative to the UN, Vitali Ivanovich Churkin, condemned the Ukrainian government's attempts to break the ceasefire in place at the MH17 crash site in a statement during a press briefing at the UN's New York headquarters, Thursday.

Churkin expressed concern over a statement released on the Ukrainian government's web portal that declared an immediate end to the MH17 crash-site ceasefire. The decision was apparently made due to international investigators suspending their operations in the area. Churkin expressed alarm at the decision as it breaks Resolution 2166, which states that "safe, unrestricted access" must be granted to observers. A break in the ceasefire, Churkin expressed, could compromise investigations if observers were unable to return to the site.

Once the matter was brought before the UNSC President, the Ukrainian delegation retracted the statement, claiming that the statement was not true and the ceasefire remained in place.

UN: Churkin rails against Ukrainian attempt to break MH17 crash site ceasefire - POOL01:47
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Russia's Permanent Representative to the UN, Vitali Ivanovich Churkin, condemned the Ukrainian government's attempts to break the ceasefire in place at the MH17 crash site in a statement during a press briefing at the UN's New York headquarters, Thursday.

Churkin expressed concern over a statement released on the Ukrainian government's web portal that declared an immediate end to the MH17 crash-site ceasefire. The decision was apparently made due to international investigators suspending their operations in the area. Churkin expressed alarm at the decision as it breaks Resolution 2166, which states that "safe, unrestricted access" must be granted to observers. A break in the ceasefire, Churkin expressed, could compromise investigations if observers were unable to return to the site.

Once the matter was brought before the UNSC President, the Ukrainian delegation retracted the statement, claiming that the statement was not true and the ceasefire remained in place.

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